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D.C. Dispatch: Iowa lawmakers address TikTok and tech issues

US Capitol

by Luke Clausen, Iowa Capital Dispatch March 25, 2023 Iowa’s legislators touched on tech and TikTok this week with hearings that highlighted a continued focus on China. Lawmakers also worked to block emissions tests for livestock production while promoting ethanol and advancing technology in health care and agriculture. TikTok, China hearings Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks participated in […]

Members of Congress blast TikTok CEO as bipartisan support for U.S. ban looks possible

US Capitol

by Jacob Fischler, Iowa Capital Dispatch March 23, 2023 A U.S. House panel grilled TikTok’s CEO for more than five hours Thursday over the social media giant’s ties to China, and indicated there may be bipartisan consensus for a national ban on the platform. Members of both parties showed an unusual level of agreement during […]

U.S. Senate moves toward repealing authority for military force against Iraq

United States Capitol (photo by Austin Harris/Oskaloosa News)

by Jennifer Shutt, Iowa Capital Dispatch March 16, 2023 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate took a broadly bipartisan vote Thursday to advance legislation that would end the 32-year-old and the 20-year-old Authorizations for Use of Military Force against Iraq. The 68-27 vote moves the measure past the chamber’s 60-vote legislative filibuster and towards a final passage vote […]

Congress unanimously votes to require declassified information on COVID-19 origins

Rapid COVID Test (FDA Photo)

by Jennifer Shutt, Iowa Capital Dispatch March 10, 2023 WASHINGTON — The divided 118th Congress approved its first bill Friday, after lawmakers in both the House and Senate voted unanimously to send President Joe Biden legislation that would require declassification of intelligence on the origins of COVID-19. The four-page bill, which the House voted 419-0 to clear, […]

FDA Seeks $7.2 Billion to Protect and Advance Public Health by Enhancing Food Safety and Advancing Medical Product Availability

Food and Drug Administration

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is requesting $7.2 billion as part of the president’s fiscal year (FY) 2024 budget. This funding will allow the agency to continue to leverage new and emerging technologies, recruit and support a highly skilled workforce and adapt oversight to new production and business models. This is […]

U.S. House Ag panel hears industry complaints on regulations, scant crop insurance


by Adam Goldstein, Iowa Capital Dispatch February 28, 2023 WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee listened to agribusiness executives on Tuesday rail against federal regulations, and lobby for new markets and reinforced crop insurance programs in the panel’s first hearing of the new Congress. With the 2018 farm bill expiring this fall, […]

State ag officials push for on-time farm bill to fund slew of programs

The KIIC Farm Show, combined with the 44th Annual Cornbelt Cow Calf Conference and will be January 30 and 31 at the Ottumwa Bridge View Center.

by Adam Goldstein, Iowa Capital Dispatch February 17, 2023 WASHINGTON – State agriculture officials from across the country sought this month to remind a new crop of lawmakers in Congress of their states’ needs for a robust farm bill to address a host of food issues. Members of the National Association of State Departments of […]

Midwestern, Western states in spotlight after mystery flying objects shot down by military

Department of Defense

by Ashley Murray, Iowa Capital Dispatch February 13, 2023 WASHINGTON — Military posts in Midwestern and Western states played key roles in the unprecedented downings of multiple unmanned aerial objects over the North American continent during the weekend. Members of Congress and governors from the states involved and from both parties have shared information about […]

Biden-Harris Administration Delivers $728 Million in Historic Investments to Address Western Drought, Improve Climate Resilience

The White House

Critical infrastructure investments under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act to provide clean, reliable drinking water to communities and support water conservation in the Upper Colorado River Basin WASHINGTON — As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to enhance the resilience of the West to drought and climate change, the Department of […]

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $14.2 Million for Iowa to Improve Roads at the Local Level and Tackle National Traffic Fatalities

US Department of Transportation

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding targets high-crash sites in cities and counties; also supports the U.S. Department of Transportation’s comprehensive strategy to reduce roadway deaths, a crisis claiming more than 40,000 lives each year  WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a historic $800 million in grant awards for 510 projects through the new […]


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